PLAYLIST: February 2017

You probably don’t need reminding that the world is falling to pieces right now, so here’s a handy playlist you can whack on whilst you’re pretending everything’s totally fine and okay forever…

 

PINS – ‘Aggrophobe (feat. Iggy Pop)’
Cool-as-fuck girls and Iggy Pop… What more could you want? (Melissa Svensen)

Sonic Youth – ‘Kool Thing’
Former Sonic Youth bassist and artist Kim Gordon was one of many famous faces at the Washington Women’s March opposing Donald Trump last month. She sported a placard with the apt ‘Kool Thing’ lyric “Male White Corporate Oppression”. This track is taken from their iconic album Goo (1990), and should be played as loudly as possible, then followed up with another Sonic Youth gem: ‘Youth Against Fascism’. (Kate Crudgington)

Be Charlotte – One Drop
Fronted by teenager Charlotte Brimner, Scottish three piece Be Charlotte have been named as one of The Great Escape’s First Fifty for 2017, and I just love this track’s glitchy electro beats and vibrant, hip-hop inspired vocals. If you’re not yet aware of this lot, I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more of them before the year is out. (Mari Lane)

The Smiths – ‘This Charming Man’
It’s my birthday this month and I’m going to turn the same age Johnny Marr was when he ended The Smiths. Rather than lament the fact I’ve not formed one of the most seminal bands of all time or written four brilliant albums, I’ll probably just dance like a twat to this instead. (Rob Conlon)

No Hot Ashes – ‘Cool Cat’
I’m sure this has been on a previous playlist, but as an inevitable buzz is building around them, and with a new single out this month, now’s a good time to get excited about No Hot Ashes. And if ‘Cool Cat’ doesn’t get you excited, you’re a lost cause. (MS)

Tired Lion – ‘I Don’t Think You Like Me’
Earlier this week The Great Escape Festival announced a tonne of new artists who are set to play by the Brighton seaside this May, and I’m psyched that Aussie rockers Tired Lion have made the cut. Deceptively sweet vocals and dense guitar riffs make ‘I Don’t Think You Like Me’ an apt song for your Tinder bio. (KC)

Darlia – ‘Queen of Hearts’
Darlia’s return after far too long has reminded me just how much I liked them circa 2013. Put on ‘Queen of Hearts’ and get ready for their comeback. (MS)

Messy Bird – ‘Dirty Knees’
Fuzzy, spun out, and spiked with psychedelic influences; ‘Dirty Knees’ is the debut single from Brighton trio Messy Bird. We premiered the track on Gigslutz and it’s been buzzing around my brain cells ever since. (KC)

Two Door Cinema Club – ‘Bad Decisions’
The return of the band that was the soundtrack of my early teen years brought back memories I didn’t want to remember. Despite this, seeing them live last week rekindled my love for the 2010 indie era. Their break has paid off, as their latest record just seems more grown up. It’s still full of bangers like their previous albums, but they’re not going to fall out over this one. (Becky Rogers)

The Brian Jonestown Massacre ft. Tim Burgess – ‘Fact 67’
A proper slice of fried gold. Is there a more enigmatic band in the world than The Brian Jonestown Massacre? The bassline alone on this track makes it my favourite song of the year so far – painfully groovy. (RC)

Babyshambles – ‘Lost Art Of Murder’
After revisiting Shotters Nation for our anniversaries feature, it would be rude not to include a track from Doherty and co’s second (and best) record. Featuring the gorgeous guitar playing of legendary musician Bert Jansch, the album’s closer is as beautifully poetic as anything Doherty has achieved before or after. An absolute gem. (RC)

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – ‘Sleep Drifter’
King Gizzard will always be something special. Their ninth(!) album is due for release at the end of this month, and ‘Sleep Drifter’ is the second single they’ve treated us too from it. If you’re a fan of pretty music, psychedelia, or just music to chill to, then King Gizzard are the one. (BR)

NOFX – ‘The Idiots Are Taking Over’
Speaks for itself… (ML) 

Madonnatron – ‘Sangue Neuf’ 
London band Madonnatron not only have a pretty awesome name, but create pretty awesome sounds. I first heard them played on Marc Riley’s show on 6Music, and it was love at first listen. I’m a huge fan of this track’s scuzzy melodies alongside its gritty punk-driven power. And I’m pretty excited that Madonnatron will be headlining our night at The Finsbury on 10th March! (ML)

CocoRosie (ft. Anohni) – ‘Smoke ‘Em Out’ 
A track written in reaction to the recent election of the new POTUS, CocoRosie has collaborated with the incredible Anohni to create this defiant, tongue-in-cheek protest. Oozing an intense sense of urgency that propels that track alongside its pummelling beats and Bianca Casady’s impassioned spoken word vocals, its empowered message is just what we need right now. (ML)

Black Sabbath – ‘Paranoid’
As I’m writing this, I’m counting down the hours till I see Black Sabbath take over Brum for their last ever show. They’re that band that can make even the most pop-loving person question their music taste, and be partial to a bit of heavy metal. As it’s now the end, it’s only right to return their beginnings with ‘Paranoid’ from their second record of the same name. RIP Sabbath. Miss you already. (BR)

 

Kate Crudgington

Kate Crudgington

Assistant Editor for Gigslutz & Co-host on @getinherears (Hoxton Radio). Big fan of gender equality, Dr Martens, bob cuts, blogs, and liquid eyeliner.